Attack Poverty’s after school and adult education programming were put on hold in March. The locations had to shift gears to serve the immediate needs of the community through distribution of food and supplies. But we’re excited to announce that virtual programming is here!
Many of our locations have already been creative over the months in continuing to connect with our You Can Academy students. Whether it’s weekly phone calls to check on the kids or dropping off birthday surprises, we’ve stayed in touch.
Now we’re adding even more with virtual programming. Our Friends of Sundown location has created “Summer with Sundown” for the kids. Every week they drop off activity kits to prepare them for the weekly Zoom call. It’s full of arts and crafts for a group activity and daily bible verses for encouragement. The first week’s theme was Strength in God, Strong Bones. The kids were taught that there’s nothing you can’t face when God is at your side.
There’s nothing you can’t face when God is at your side.
Each of the locations will also have a children’s summer program on Zoom called Read, Deed and Run. For 6 weeks, the kids will receive projects in the distribution line or by delivery that will encourage them to read, do good deeds and get their bodies moving. What a fun way to connect with the kids each week and give them something to stay active for the summer!
Attack Poverty is also working hard on virtual programming for adults. Before COVID-19, we held weekly classes at our various locations for GED preparation, ESL, job readiness training, computer literacy and financial literacy. Now our program coordinators are working together to begin ESL classes online. Each week, the participants will learn an English lesson on zoom together. Then they will move to a breakout session to connect with their location.
Even though we’d rather be together in person for our programs, we are grateful we can meet online. Our hope is to continue serving the community with virtual programming until we can get back in the classroom with each other.